View Full Version : Need to upgrade for Church Property mowing

Brother Jay
05-11-2008, 10:22 PM
I am putting information in this forum since it seems closest to what I am responsible. I have been elected as head trustee of our church and we have about 5 acres around the church with quite a bit of open and and also some trees in the open and a lot around the perimeter.
Currently trying to do it with a older 38" John Deere and Craftsman.

The time has come to upgrade. Budget is in the 5,000 range.
Recommendations are very much appreciated.

05-12-2008, 09:35 PM
If you have a Hustler dealer nearby, you can get a Fastrack Super Duty 54" with a 25 hp Kawisaki for around $5600-5700 if you can talk the dealer down off the list price.

Brother Jay
05-12-2008, 11:05 PM
I will check it out. I know there is an Xmark and scag.
Need something that will ride over the mole runs. We only fertilize two times a year. It is about 50/50 weeds and grass. U know how thoughts go, the more you fertilize the more you have to mow. I disagree. It will take time to turn this mess around. In the meantime need something I can depend on an the people who are willing to mow can run without a long training session. I have 6 men on schedule now and it takes at least two days...like 4 hours a day on volunteer basis/

05-13-2008, 12:18 AM
with 5 grand find a good used commercial ztr. Exmark, Scag, Hustler it should take a few hours to train the guys. It would be better though to have two guys who knew how to run the mower. 5 acres would take you about 3 hours to cut on a good ztr

Brother Jay
05-13-2008, 09:06 AM
I agree with having less people. Of course the reason for the number now is the length of time it takes with what we are using. Is there one or two brands that are more user friendly as far as self maintenance. I am speaking of routine service, changing blades, things of that nature.

RD 12
05-13-2008, 10:50 AM
I would see if you could get something off of the state bid list if you qualify. If would knock off 15 to 20%.

Brother Jay
05-13-2008, 05:53 PM
I will pursue that avenue. Never thought about the bid list.
Thank you.

Brother Jay
05-13-2008, 08:49 PM
We are not educational institution so would not qualify.

Will just have to take the best deal on best equipment within our budget of 3-4k.

05-14-2008, 11:12 PM
Did you have to cut your budget? In your first post budget was 5k.
Sounds like my church. If you have enough deacons' meetings we'll talk ourselves out of anything.:)

Brother Jay
05-15-2008, 08:00 AM
I got bids for Xmark and Hustler for around 4k,,the deacons like looks and warranty of Hustler.

05-15-2008, 10:53 AM
I think you will be happy with hustler. Just make sure the dealer has a good reputation for customer service so if you do have any warranty issues it will be a pleasant experience.

Brother Jay
05-15-2008, 03:26 PM
Thanks for vote of confidence on Hustler. The dealer in Mishawaka also has four other locations in state. There also is another dealer in Goshen.

05-15-2008, 04:19 PM
Thanks for vote of confidence on Hustler. The dealer in Mishawaka also has four other locations in state. There also is another dealer in Goshen.

Not a tax guy but can you use your churchs tax exempt number to make the purchase as well. That should save you on the tax.

05-15-2008, 10:14 PM
we used to use an old toro wheelhorse and now we've upgraded to bobcat ZTRs (2) and they are awesome both have around 2000hrs and still run GREAT just on regular maint.....

05-16-2008, 10:36 PM
Thanks for vote of confidence on Hustler. The dealer in Mishawaka also has four other locations in state. There also is another dealer in Goshen.

This is my first post here though I have been reading the forum for a few months.

Brother Jay: visit LESCO on Bendix Road near the airport. They were bought out by John Deere about a year ago. Though they primarily sell fertilizer and chemicals, they do sell equipment and the guys at that location are always helpful IMO.

My second choice for your situation would be to find a used mower that has been well maintained. The other responses here are right, this should only take you about 3 hours on the right mower.

05-16-2008, 11:27 PM
I love my 60" Scag Turf Tiger with liquid cooled 27hp Kawasaki. I've got 5 acre city parks that we mow out in no time flat with quality stripes with this Scag. $5K could get you a nice used model, which is really all you need. Why buy new when a solid, under-800 hr unit will last a lifetime of church/residential mowing?